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Cinderella is an old folktale that has been retold and adapted in many ways over the centuries in different parts of the world. The best known version was published by French writer Charles Perrault in the late 17th century.

If you were looking for a trope, that's Cinderella Plot.

Oldest known versions of the folktale:

  • Yeh-Shen: One of the oldest surviving variations of the tale from at least the 8th century. This version is a traditional Chinese folktale.
  • Cinderella, the two best known versions by Charles Perrault (1697) and The Brothers Grimm (1812). These two versions are the ones that most adaptations are based on.

Cinderella and its adaptations include:


Feature films

Television series

  • Cenerentola (2011), an Italian miniseries setting the fairy tale in Rome during the 1950s.
  • The Story of Cinderella (1996), a Japanese anime series based on the fairy tale.
  • Once Upon a Time (2011-2018), in which Cinderella and her stepfamily have two centric episodes that retell the story. In Season 7, an alternate version of Cinderella, Lady Tremaine and Drizella are major characters.


Video Games

  • Cinders: (2012), a Visual Novel made by Polish indie game studio MoaCube for Microsoft Windows, later ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.



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Cinderella (Again)

The Honest Trailer for Disney's Cinderella recounts the many film versions of this tale.

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